Blog Posts by P&G

  • Easy Shortcuts for Moms

    Take advantage of carpooling to save time.Every year I say that we will avoid becoming over-scheduled. The kids can only participate in one activity at a time. I'll learn to say "no" to some of the volunteer opportunities that fall in my lap (no matter how rewarding). We won't double-book friends or family. We'll know our limits and stick to them! Hurrah!

    Somehow, though, we always end up in the same predicament: too much to do, too little time. Since I can't conceivably do it all, I've found a few skip-its and shortcuts that I can use when our schedules get packed. Where can mom cut corners?

    Lunch

    I'd love to put together a delicious and nutritious homemade lunch for my daughters every day. If I've run out of bread, just realized that the last apple has a bad spot on it, or discovered that the thermos is still dirty and I'm out of freezer packs, a homemade lunch might not work. At first, I felt bad if I didn't give the kids a homemade lunch every day. But school lunches are much healthier than they used to be, and my kids

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  • Help your kids reach their full potential.As parents, we want nothing but the best for our children. More than the jobs they'll have, we care about the people they'll become and the mark they'll make on the world. We see nothing but the best in them (even if they do sometimes slam the door or throw a tantrum). How can we help nurture our children and encourage them to reach their potential?

    Help, don't do.

    When we're rushing out the door in the morning, it can be easier for me to tie my daughter's shoes myself. It's faster if I write the word and let her underline the vowels on her homework assignment. I can just clean her room myself and save myself the stress. But just because something is faster, easier, and less stressful for mom doesn't mean it's the best option for your child. Resist the urge to do things for your kid that they can do themselves. It may take longer, may be frustrating for you, and may not be done quite right-but the lessons your children learn will help them for the rest of their lives.

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  • A day at the zoo can be fun for all the children in your family!

    A few years ago, our family of five headed to the zoo for a birthday celebration for our youngest. It was a hot, busy holiday weekend. Within minutes of pulling into the parking lot, my oldest, who has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, was begging to leave. His sister was, naturally, crushed.

    Until we had that first conversation about her brother's condition, all she understood was that she wouldn't be seeing the elephants that day. My son cried all the way home, not because he was in distress, but because he felt terrible that his sister's dream birthday plans had changed.

    So, how do you turn situations like this into a positive experience? How do you strengthen the bonds between siblings when one of them has special needs? What's the right way to encourage healthy relationships with all of your kids, and help them do the same with one another?

    It's an ongoing process, but it begins with a good foundation. Here's how to start.

    Make time for each child as an

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  • Thank you, mom.

    Growing up, my mom gave me a lot of advice. From warning me not to take candy from strangers to giving me fashion advice, my mother had plenty to say. However, some of the best lessons she taught me were through her actions. When I became a mother, I put some of her parenting and life lessons to good use.

    I'm not the only one whose mom has taught them a lesson or two. In fact, here are 10 of the best lessons we have learned from our moms.

    1. Don't Rush Life

    When I was 21, I went on vacation with my parents. At the time, I was a substitute teacher and I was upset that I wasn't working more. My mother told me not to be in such a rush because I would be "working my entire life." She was right. After working full time and having kids, I definitely appreciate the slower days.

    2. Be Truthful

    Kristen's mother didn't lie, even about holiday characters. However, "she didn't take the fun out of it." After all, "it was still fun to pretend and have an imagination." Due to her mother's

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